9th November 2017

For the third year in a row, Glenfrome Primary School in Bristol, has taken part in the ADRA-UK Gift Box Appeal. Billy Odumuzor (Chairman of Bristol Joint Evangelism Committee), Nelson Khonje, Monica Grizzle and Anessa Black took the assembly at the school on 12 September, and reminded the children about the challenges that some children face in order to gain an education. They also discu37354658395_c49bd0f4d0_o_previewssed the specifics for the boxes and the time frame by which the boxes would be collected. The children and parents have engaged in the cause before and were excited to take the empty boxes home and managed to fill up 25 boxes with items to send to the less fortunate.

The School Head, Mrs Inger O'Callaghan has welcomed and encouraged many of the church's activities such as the regular cooking and exercise classes and most recently the Area 2 School of Evangelism and Mission Leadership. The school has become a base for these community activities since 2014 when Mary Philip (Health/Community and Disability leader) approached the head to discuss working in partnership with them on some of their projects.

The Rosa Burden Neuropsychiatric Ward at Southmead Hospital in Bristol, has also been involved in the ADRA-UK Gift Box Appeal. For the third year running, the staff, which range from docIMG_20171019_122025_previewtors, mental health nurses, registered adult nurses and secretaries were once again delighted to be a part of the project by filling 25 boxes. The manager Penny Crawley has been particularly supportive and encouraged the idea to embrace community services for the ward at large.Mary Philip is well known on the ward and has a great raIMG_20171019_121908_previewpport with all the staff. It was during one of her shifts that she was introduced to Penny Crawley, a mental health student nurse at the time. Penny and Mary maintained a connection not just as colleagues, but as friends, and Penny was always willing to support initiatives that were brought to her attention. Mary remembered the time when her grandson lost his home and possessions through a tragic fire and the entire ward came together to support him financially. Sadly, one of the secretaries who also strongly supported these initiatives has passed away and will truly be missed.

Bristol Central minister, Pastor Royston Smith, who came to collect the boxes on 19 October with Mary, has been very encouraging and commended her hard work and dedication to the church's and ADRA's projects.

Special thanks to the Rosa Burden Centre for all their commitment and support during times of need.


[Mary Philip]


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